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Oswego Firefighter Receives State's Highest Honor

May 06, 2014 05:17PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Dan Schiradelly was honored Tuesday with an Illinois Firefighter Medal of Honor award in Springfield. Photo Courtesy of the Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 Facebook page

Oswego Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Dan Schiradelly was honored Tuesday with an Illinois Firefighter Medal of Honor award in Springfield. 

The Medal of Honor is the highest honor a firefighter can receive in the state of Illinois and is given for “acts of outstanding bravery or heroism, by which they demonstrated selflessness and personal courage above and beyond the call of duty, under adverse conditions, with the possibility of extreme personal risk,” according to a media release from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office. 

Schiradelly was honored for his part in helping save Oswego residents Kimberly and Matt Murray who became trapped in rising waters near their home during the flooding of last April. 

Kimberly Murray suffered several broken ribs during the incident and spent five weeks in the hospital. 

Seven other firefighters were also given the honor Tuesday. Two firefighters who died in the line of duty last year were also recognized. 

“The bravery demonstrated by the firefighters being recognized here today proves that it takes an extraordinary person to be in this profession,” Quinn said. “It’s important that we thank and recognize these men and women who put their lives on the line – day in and day out – to protect us. Let us reflect on and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Illinois Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Committee evaluated the nominees and selected honorees.

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